Utrecht is a young city:
Two in ten Utrecht residents are younger than 19. Seven out of ten residents are between 19 and 64 years old, and one out of ten is 65 years or older. One third of all Utrecht residents is between 19 and 34 years old. In comparison with the national situation and the other large cities (Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague), the share of people aged 65 years and older is clearly smaller in Utrecht (10% versus the national percentage of 18% and the average percentage for the four large cities of 13%).
Number of elderly in Utrecht is increasing
Despite the relatively slowly ageing population, Utrecht will have 40% more elderly people in 2030 than it has today. Especially in Overvecht and Vleuten-De Meern, there are comparatively many elderly residents (65+), whereas there are fewer elderly people in Leidsche Rijn and Binnenstad.
Many students in Utrecht
The fact that Utrecht has many students partly explains the relatively young population of Utrecht. The exact number of students is unknown. It is estimated that four out of ten 19- to 29-year-olds are students (based on a health survey and population survey, 2012).
Relatively many children in Utrecht
As opposed to typical university cities, Utrecht has relatively many young children. Apparently, part of the young adults starts a family in Utrecht, and they move to municipalities around Utrecht later. The percentage of 0- to 4-year-olds in Utrecht is the highest of the 38 largest cities in the Netherlands. Especially in Leidsche Rijn (new residential area), the number of families with children as well as the number of children per family increase.
Over half of households consist of single residents
Utrecht has considerably more single residents (52%) than the national average (37%). Only Amsterdam (55%) scores higher; in Rotterdam and The Hague the percentage is lower (47%).